The era of the Back-ups. Fertility cryopreservation.

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As we all know, this is an era of a staggering increase of people looking to back-up their gametes in order to preserve their genetics and future fertility.

We see advertisements offering women the opportunity to save their eggs, in places called Cryobanks. Their offer is focused in women as well as men. We know men freeze their sperm for future use. Couples freeze their embryos, because most fertility procedures get remaining embryos that might end in future babies named back-up babies. This information sounds quite overwhelming when we put it together, but let’s simplify things.

Today more women freeze their eggs for several reasons. Most women are simply not prepared to become mothers during their best fertile years, and once they are finally prepared, their reserve of eggs has depleted considerably and the risk of genetic diseases increases. Having this panorama, it is a great idea to have a back-up plan, which was not available a few years ago, and freeze the eggs when their fertility is at its best. It is difficult to argue this is a clever plan. There is a huge number of successful women who are not prepared to give up their jobs and careers to become mothers; for them this is a great alternative, a win-win situation.

Another important reason to freeze eggs is when a woman has not found the right partner yet. Once she finds it in the future, it will be possible to create healthy embryos using her partner sperm. Those embryos will have the age she had when she froze them. The chances of genetic diseases will be reduced as youngest the age of the egg freeze.

One of the most remarkable situations to use egg freeze it it for women facing cancer. These women should freeze their eggs before any cancer treatment if performed, otherwise the chances of getting a healthy egg or any egg will be dramatically reduced. Thanks to this alternative, they will be able to use their stored gametes in the future. Cancer will not become a future problem for fertility.cryo

Most oncologist do not mention the alternatives of fertility back-ups with cryopreservation. An approximate 75% of oncologists do not mention it during the consultation, prior to the cancer treatment; another 15% of oncologist mention it but do not wait for the freezing to be done prior the cancer treatment. Another 10% of oncologists recommend gamete freezing before the cancer treatment and find alternatives to wait for the freezing to be done. Ovarian tissue cryopreservation is a very useful technique in case of cancer treatments that need to start very quick, and do not have the time to wait for hormonal stimulation and egg retrieval to happen.

 

Men also have the need to preserve their fertility for several reasons. Many men today are aware that anything can change and affect their fertility capacity at any moment. Another reason it is a fertility procedure that requires to have back-up samples frozen as a precaution (30% of men decreased the quality of their sperm sample the day of the fertility treatment, because of stress and the feeling of pressure). Male cancer is another reason to freeze their gametes, because the same as for women, their fertility chances will decrease dramatically after the cancer treatment. Although males have more chances of recover their fertility than women. Also, if men use any drugs, steroids, medications or alcohol consumption; they should freeze their sperm before it is too late.goodlookingegg

Embryo freeze is another alternative of fertility cryopreservation. Many patients with several embryos remaining from a fertility procedure have the benefit to freeze those embryos and use them in the future. Also couples looking for fertility preservation in case of diseases of one of them. Or patients who are just not prepared to become parents yet.

Today we can freeze almost everything we want in the reproductive area, and still get promising results. With all the new advances, this will improve a lot more and offer better survival rates for gametes.

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Eggs usually do not have the same survival rate after thaw as embryos do. However the techniques have been improving very much in the last years and today those survival rates have increased.

I always advice to patients to think about the alternative of fertility cryopreservation and consider the many advantages that brings. It is better to have it there and not need it, than need it and do not have it. That is my say.

Bravery, inner quality of an organ donor. Expectancy of an organ recipient.

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A few days ago I received an email from a dearest friend named Luciano Guido. Every year he remembers the anniversary of his Dad’s kidney transplant done 33 years ago. A procedure that allows his father to live longer thanks to the science and skills of the specialists performing it. He was the first patient to receive a kidney transplant from another living patient (his daughter Yusi Guido) at the New Orleans South Baptist Hospital.

 

Antonio Guido had the chance to live longer thanks to the kidney donation coming from his own daughter. He felt as a new man because this procedure changed his life.

 

Thanks to the bravery of his family that had all its members tested to find the right match Antonio could live longer, and had a much better quality of life.

 

I kept this email flagged because felt compelled to write about it. Luciano has a great family that will do anything for each other. Family values and support is essential when one of its members is ill, and I am sure this gesture coming from his own family made Antonio stronger and more attached to life than ever. Science can be amazing, but none of this would be possible without voluntaries capable of go through anything to save a loved one.

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33 years ago this procedure was something innovative and hard to perform. I am sure not many specialists dreamed with making it possible. Today this is another story. Although the survival rate of patients after kidney transplantation still not very encouraging, the procedure can provide people with more years of life.

Organ recipients are humans with feelings of hope. They are counting on someone for help. Donors can come from everywhere at any time. Nobody knows when an organ will stop functioning and our names be part of the waiting list. People sign to be donors after their death if they still have viable organs; others sign to become donors during their life (as the case of kidney donors). Organ recipients are expectant patients seeking for a miracle into their lives. Waiting for a truly brave organ donor.

 

I am aware Antonio Guido’s family were all tested, because all of them was capable of giving him a kidney. However they were not all the right match for him, just his daughter.

 

For those organ recipient life can be short and sudden, and the expectancy of seeing another beautiful day might be felt as great, because they have no sense of future plans until a viable organ comes along and gives them the chance to see that beautiful day. Those are people who do not take life for granted; they learn to appreciate small things and life as a gift. They can sit and observe how others walk, go out, run, exercise, without the simplest notion they are alive and healthy. Those recipients are souls coming to this physical dimension to experience the value of life.

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To those who had decided to become donors may the Light be with you. You are part of a small group of humans who truly care for others. After having close relatives who are in the group of people at risk of becoming recipients (as one of my brothers has just one working kidney), I am sure my kidney or any other organ will be available for him whenever he needs it. I will do anything for him to extend his life if the time comes, and I know Yusi did the same thinking about her father’s quality of life.

 

She was a truly heroe, and my respect to her bravery and courage.

 

Thanks to everyone who supports organ donation, and thanks to all the brave and courage ones out there.

 

 

Dedicated to the memory of Antonio Guido who still very much missed and loved by his family.

 

 

Do we need to go back in time to live today?

image001I went through a very rough time a few weeks ago. Was very ill and unable to perform my work properly, reason why I decided to get a few weeks completely off. My illness increased some of my psychological symptoms of claustrophobia, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and even panic attacks developed as consequence of the awful side effects. It was disastrous. I have never felt so ill before.
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During my recovery time I decided it was time for me to get some more help. I went to several doctors, neither of them could help. Acupuncture helped a lot with the migraine and obsessive-compulsive disorder (which has always been very mild anyway). However, the anxiety and sensation of claustrophobia was increasing every day, and I was having panic attacks several times during the day, unable to even leave the house for a moment because I did not want to see people or be outside (I developed agoraphobia).
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I had a severe allergic reaction to the toxin Botox, which I had been using for the past 4 years without any complications, until this last time. I was very specific to the doctor (who is a well-known plastic surgeon in Houston), that I am severely claustrophobic, and cannot stand the sensation of being paralyzed. For that reason I just had the injections between my eyebrows and no more. He ended up giving me Botox in several areas of my forehead (between the eyebrows, on top of both eyebrows, between the top area of the nose), completely dismissing my suggestions, then a few days later I developed a huge headache, the worst of my life, a very unpleasant sensation of compression in my  forehead, blurred vision, dizziness and eyelid ptosis in my right eye. It was the worst feeling ever. I literally had those symptoms every day for 6 whole weeks, without any rest, and feeling more miserable every day because the doctor did not want to help and referred me to other doctor who assured me it was a severe reaction to the toxin and I could do nothing but wait for 3 months until the effect wears off. No way I was going to do such thing. I forgot about conventional medicine, who rarely helps, and started with acupuncture, reflexology, sauna and steam and started feeling much better with the headaches. However the claustrophobia was there, really bad and increasing more and more. My anxiety levels rocketed. I was a total wreck. My mind was so blurred that I could not think clearly. But in one of my “clear moments”, it was on a Friday, I decided to contact someone to do a regression for me. I needed to make sure my symptoms were not just caused by the Botox, but also for something else that has been bothering me for years, until now it was time for the volcano to erupt and show of of those symptoms together like a battle of demons fighting inside of me.

 

I found Melanie Harrell online. Immediately emailed her for an appointment (sure that might have to wait days for it), and less than 20 min later she emailed me back asking if I had the chance to go that same afternoon as she had a cancellation (later she told me cancellations are very rare). There it was, I got the appointment the day I was the most desperate, and went to see her. She had the whole afternoon for me, and she mentioned “the universe wants me to be just with you today for some reason, let’s find out why”.

 

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It is kind of scary when you want something that much, then once you get it the feeling can be overwhelming and scary. Melanie is one of the most pure, honest, open, sweet and understanding persons I have ever met. She heard my whole story with attention and respect, and showed compassion for my suffering with the symptoms of the Botox. She decided to do regression with me to find out about the symptoms, because I had them before in a lower level, but they were there avoiding me to go on cruises, get on elevators, being inside enclosed spaces, go on excursions to caves, and even to get inside the Egyptian pyramids, because the space inside it is too tight. I did not want that anymore.

 

We started the regression, which is a guided deep meditation state that translates into an opportunity to float out of your body and become a being on a different dimension, enabling you to visit different times were you lived before, without any harm or trauma. You just float and have the most wonderful feeling ever had before. It is very intense and makes you realize how wonderful our energy and souls are. I visited a lifetime that was crucial to understand my symptoms (I will talk about that lifetime in another article). When I came back the feeling was difficult to describe. It was a combination of happiness and frustration. Happiness because I experienced the fact that I lived so many times and had the knowledge to experience life and death. Frustration because during my regression, in the moment I died, I had the most pleasant and rewarding experience of all, pure and absolute joy and love was waiting for me on the other side. It was the feeling of floating outside a body and going somewhere special with special beings. I did not want to come back, it sounds weird specially because it can even be unfair with my love ones in this lifetime, but the feeling of being there was as if finally arrived home. It was frustrating to have to return to this body, in this lifetime, specially a body that was ill.

 

Once I woke up, everything seemed different. I was fearless, my phobias disappeared and the anxiety that was bothering me for so long was almost gone. I was renewed, changed, and decided to live a better life.

 

I always wanted to have a regression, specially since I started in this wonderful path of energy and science combined together, but I never though my regression was going to happen during such a difficult time of my life, and it was going to changed me and cure most of my fears and phobias. I could get on a elevator without fear for the first time in years, I could enjoy a ride through tunnels without feeling claustrophobic, I will go on a cruise soon, and I can be on enclosed spaces without feeling breathless. If I knew this I would had done it ages ago! No psychiatric, psychologist or doctor could ever help me with this, Melanie did.

 

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This was my experience and I wanted to share it with you. Because some of you might be now stuck on something difficult to overcome, and it might seem like anything is helping, well let me tell you that hypnosis and a regression can accomplish many things that may seem impossible to you right now. It is worth to try. Melanie also works with Reiki (she is a Reiki master) and combines her sessions with lots of energy healing. Her contact: http://www.melanieharrell.com

 

If you are located far away from Texas I recommend you to go to Bob Olson’s website http://www.afterlifetv.com/ and he has good recommendations of people dedicated to this type of work.

 

As for fertility issues, I believe many of the blocks present on patient’s life today may be the cause of unsolved issues in past lives, even on this same lifetime during our first years of life. Once they are addressed and resolved, the blocks will go away forever and we will accomplish whatever we are looking for during this lifetime. As for many other diseases I believe this is also the case. There are so many people being treated by things they do not actually have, causing them side effects and long term damages. Believe me, I have witnessed and experienced it.

 

My case with Botox was a very good example of looking for a quick fix to a symptom that was bothering me, which was my frequent migraines. I was fixing up the problem for years without looking at the potential side effects and consequences this decision was causing, and kept going on injecting a potent toxin into my body. Suddenly my body reacted to it and wanted it out, but the effects needed to be there for the length of time the Botox last for, which is usually 3-4 months. I learned my lesson and looked for other alternatives, healthy ones, to deal with my symptoms.

 

In case anyone is interested in knowing how I got rid of most of my Botox, I used electro-acupuncture and microcurrent and my eyes were finally released and most of the forehead relieved. It worked for me, in conjunction with reflexology, sauna and steam, and lots of meditations. As a doctor I would not recommend the use of Botox for migraines, as it can get really worst and cause more symptoms than the ones we had before. It is poison to our bodies and I might have been one of the causes of my failed IVF attempts. I decided to review the results of my patients who have had Botox in the past and underwent IVF treatments, and the results were consistent with my findings that Botox is a toxin that might interfere with the results. Of course more research needs to be done to confirm this. Some patients can develop symptoms, specially psychological symptoms, that will definitely interfere with their performance and balanced energy. What I just experienced with my psychological symptoms it is something I never experienced before, it was a combination of all my demons showing up at the same time.

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Anyway, it is just my experience with the toxin and I feel compelled to share it.

 

As for the regression, even if you do not feel the need to have it because you are well, I recommend it and it will be a great ride. You will go back in time, feel it, live it and even smell it. You will then come back a different person, with a renewed experience and a sense of life that did not feel before. For fertility patients it should be on the must to do list, because is a way to resolve issues and you might even get the chance to see your future children’s energies and get messages from them.

 

To Melanie, I will always be grateful to meet you and to know there are great energy souls like you in this world. We will continue sharing our experiences and findings together from now on.

 

 

Dedicated to the •U beings of my dreams.

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A lifestyle system that will boost your results!

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When it comes to lifestyle we presume it might have to be related to the activities we do on a day-to day basis. Well, yes, but partially. It also has a lot to do with us intrinsically. Our lifestyles today demand lots of activities, and when we fail to comply some of those activities we feel frustrated. It is normal to feel that way.

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Before I explain you the system, I would like to let you know some facts about my own experience.

A few years ago I found to have fertility problems and had several tests done. Hormones, ultrasound scans, hysteronsalpingography, hysteroscopy and several other tests. They were all showing serious problems with my uterus, ovaries and ovarian reserve (which is the number of eggs available to be used). I was crushed. I was a fertility specialist, looking to conceive, but it was going to be a huge challenge. I underwent several complex fertility treatments with horrendous results. Nothing seemed to be working as I expected. After careful consideration of the events and acceptance of my condition I made a decision: to study my lifestyle deeper. When I mentioned that word “lifestyle” to myself I realized it was a word mentioned just a few times in my life. My own lifestyle was a huge challenge for me. Too many trips around the world for work, very bad eating habits, including skipping meals on a weekly basis, no time for exercise (I though using my brain was exercise enough) and too much stress. I realised my lifestyle was a huge mess!

The best thing to do when you need to learn is to find guidance of people who know what to do. Books are a rich source of information. Unfortunately not all books are written on a easy-to-follow way, so it makes it a whole adventure to find the right one. There are plenty of books about personal growth, lifestyle changes, diets, exercises. But after lots of reading and research I finally found the right ones for me. Those books helped me to plan my lifestyle change, and it was going to start from that moment on.

I was committed to do everything planned, no cheating or tricks to avoid the compromise acquired on my “Lucy’s new lifestyle plan”. I was determined to change my lifestyle for the sake of my own health. I knew it was not going to be easy but I got remarkable results. Everything changed in my body as I kept going forward, and I was responsible for making it happen. Now I am sharing the secrets with you. Hope they will help at improving your results too. I will be delighted to hear your own stories.

There is a diet coming of course, but first let’s work on you.

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Sit for one moment, in a place where you can hear your own thoughts, preferable a place surrounded by nature, the forest, a garden, a park. Sit and breath ten times. Every breath needs to be deeper, and with every exhalation you will start to visualise your own life in black and white. Feel the air, hear its sound and block any other noises around you that do not belong to nature. Become aware that the air touches your skin. Keep your eyes open and start to connect with yourself as if you were a guest wanting to talk to someone you know, but have not seen in a long time. Ask to receive light and love, and is important to be grateful for anything you get on that day. Knowledge and wisdom will come to you. It will be possible for you also to learn some positive and negative aspects of yourself. Once you feel completely connected with yourself, think on the following fact: “when did everything started?”. The answers will start coming to you every day you do this helpful exercise.

Read a good book. A book that you always wanted to read and never got the time to do it. Do it now.

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You need to start exercising. the best exercise for me was running. Running activates the senses, blood-flow, cells’s metabolism, it oxygenates the body and makes it healthier. It also helps the body to get use to stress. It is advisable to run 10 minutes every two days at the beginning, and 20 minutes three times per week once you get used to the exercise.

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Combine the running exercise with yoga, a mild yoga to start. There are really good yoga instructors today who specialize in yoga exercises for people with health problems. Remember, we are starting to change our lives, so it is not necessary to do the hard stuff until you get accustomed. The body needs preparation and time to heal.

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Sleep 8 hours every night; that is not negotiable if you want success. Sleeping is a way our body will rest and heal from all the day activities. A number of 8 hours a day are needed to complete this job properly. Otherwise your body will feel overtired.

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Do your best to reduce the stress at work. I understand it might be difficult to do, however it is important. I worked on it and made it possible. We all know good jobs demand great responsibilities. But today you are working for yourself and your health, and the results depend on that. Our jobs are places were we spend a lot of time, and we can transform them in pleasant places, reducing the amount of stress and problems.

Drink lots of water. Starting today, forget about sodas, juices with added sugar and energizing drinks, because they are not good for you! Nothing with added sugar is good for your metabolism and body. An expert on diet and nutrition was asked for a soda and he replied:  “Sure. What kind of Diabetes do you want?” So, I got the message. And a curious fact is that water helps you loose weight too. It is miraculous substance!

As for a diet I am going strong and firm here telling a plant-based diet will dramatically affect your results and health on a very positive way. You will see improvements on every aspect of your health.

I strongly recommend you to check the following website to get diet and recipes tips to switch to this new diet plan. I know it might be very hard for some of you at the beginning, but please give me two weeks, or better said, give yourself two weeks to see the dramatic changes first.  And before every meal drink a large glass of water.

Follow this link to get a plant-based diet!

 

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The first months of my plan I decided not to have dinner. For two reasons. First, because at dinner time I was still filled with my lunch and was not hungry at all; second, because I decided to go to bed hungry and accelerate my body’s metabolism. It worked perfectly well. I lost 10 pounds in just 2 months. After that, I gave myself the chance of enjoying dinner and dessert every other day. However, I am used to skip it easily. I think the results are faster that way. If you need your dinner try to avoid any heavy food. Avoid sugars at dinner or you would not be able to sleep properly. Remember it is advisable a 8 hours of good quality sleep.

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Have as much fruit as you want; any fruit is good for you, specially grapes, berries, strawberries and apples. I love grapes and mandarins and have as much as I want daily.

With respect to salt, I recommend to decrease the amount of salt you put on your foods and use black pepper and herbs instead. Also try to stick to one or two cups of coffee a day maximum. I completely quitted coffee, however am sure it will be difficult at the beginning for some. I usually have one glass of red wine every other day, which was my substitute for coffee and it turns that red wine is the best option if I feel like indulging myself once in a while with a nice drink.

Do some walking twice a week. Walk to work if possible. It will connect you to your surroundings and will increase your level of attention. My best ideas came while walking. Also, if you own a pet you can use the excuse to walk often. Pets are great companies and the love they provide will definitely make you stronger. Walking pets makes will give you more fun.

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And finally, for me the most important of all my steps, do meditations for 10 minutes every day. In those meditations you will visualize what you want and picture it happening. In the future I will explain why meditations are so amazing.

I assure, if you do these steps as I did, the results if you are planning a fertility procedure will change very much. You might think every human being is different and it may have worked on me but not necessarily for others. Well, you are wrong, I have used the same steps with several patients and the results have been remarkable.

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Remember, you need to live in harmony with yourself and with others. Once you get the right balance in your new lifestyle, you will find peace, love and light. This light will allow you to be in harmony with others and positive energies will be around you. The positive energies are the ones that make anything possible. But you need to believe you can find that balance. It all depends on you.

The daily meditations will provide you with wisdom and understanding. Through meditation people connects in a conscious level with Light and Energy. You will be wiser and respect yourself on a deeper level. After you realize what you have been doing to your body all these years, you will recognize the necessity to look after yourself and completely change your lifestyle. <? down() ?>

The connection between stress and infertility

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Every day during our reproductive medicine consultation we find patients with mild to severe stress levels. Infertility still on the increase worldwide, and in recent years the rate of miscarriages too. We are observing that stress has become a very common illness for everyone.

 

This interferes enormously with the reproductive area, causing pathologies on the normal functioning of the reproductive system in both women and men. One of the reasons in women is the lack or decrease levels of progesterone.

 

Progesterone is a very important hormone during the preparation of the uterus lining before the embryo implantation, and during pregnancy. A constant exposition to stress will cause progesterone levels to decrease. This decrease will come with alterations in the normal cycle.

 

 

When woman are exposed to stress, the adrenal glands will produce more cortisol and adrenaline. In order to produce cortisol is necessary the use of progesterone. This will decrease the availability of progesterone, because it needs to be used by the adrenal glands in order to make more cortisol.

 

The adrenal glands cannot produce cortisol without the use of progesterone. For this reason, when exposed to any stress situation the adrenal glands will make use of progesterone to produce cortisol, and this will cause an imbalance on the adrenal gland/s functioning and progesterone availability. As a consequence there will be alterations in the uterus and its preparation for the embryo implantation and maintenance of pregnancy. It is a complete disruption of the normal-balanced cycle.

 

Every time we are exposed to stress it is necessary to think: “it is really worthy? I might end up using all my progesterone to produce cortisol because I am under stress”. Some women also use progesterone supplements to deal with some of the side effects caused by lack of progesterone (hot flushes, malaise, insomnia, headaches, mood change, premenstrual pains, etc.) The continuous use of these supplements will eventually caused a fatal and total disruption in the normal functioning of the adrenal glands. The best way would be to avoid situations of stress and try to enroll on a program that can be of benefit to control any stress situation in a given moment. For men under stress there are also other factors that interfere with their fertility causing abnormal semen parameters. There is a strong relationship between stress and lack of testosterone in males. And changes in the germ cells are observed with increase of oxidative stress.

 

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If you are a patient looking to conceive or receiving treatment already, is necessary to talk to your doctor regarding any stress situation you are going through. This may have a huge impact on your results. Your doctor will be capable of comparing the hormonal results with your current stress situation, and provide you with guidance and advise to keep a balanced lifestyle during the treatment.

 

Hormones need to be measured during the hormonal cycle in the woman (FSH, LH, estradiol, and progesterone). These hormones evaluate ovarian reserve, and any pathology involved in the cycle. Also a measurement of adrenal hormones is performed (cortisol, insulin and DHEA). They can have a strong relationship with patient’s exposure to stress levels.

 

Elevated cortisol increases the production of insulin, associated with obesity, diabetes, elevated blood pressure and heart problems.

 

The healing process starts by making the decision to stop worrying and having so much stress in your live. Your body needs to restore to its normal balance. A mind-body program has worked wonders to reduce stress and to give patients the opportunity of getting the ultimate goal of becoming parents.

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Safe zone

 

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Once I met a man who was an excellent person, he exceeded everybody’s expectation of being clever, human, humble, terribly handsome and rich. It was the perfect combination. For me it was peculiar to find him alone and with no many friends around in his life. The day I met him we clicked immediately. We started going out to places and enjoyed meals, and making study groups that consisted only in the two of us. We used to laugh at every possible joke, do shopping together, chat endlessly over the phone and hear a lot of Tony Braxton. I remember me going to study at his home at 2 in the morning and screaming his name while he though I was crazy for making such scandal on his neighbourhood ( he was very reserved and liked his own space), and had all the patience in the world to explain whatever subject I was stuck with. He helped me to understand complex things about molecular biology, physics and statistics, and was my support stone during my personal issues. Our time together was special and I knew I was his only true friend. Because I understood and accepted him as he was. He was gay.

His world was very lonely and I often wondered how a person so great and lovely could be alone. He was sad and no very happy with society, because he received constant criticism about being homosexual.

I’ve had homosexual friends before. I was raised in a family circle were prejudice, racism, religious beliefs and race were not impediments to treat others with respect and consideration. My parents were always very focused in teaching me that nobody has the power to judge others. For that reason, and because I believed it myself, I could not help but wondering -When and why societies dictated homosexuality was something considered to be bad?

There is so much intolerance, rage, jealousy and anger in the world for people considered to be “different or peculiar”.

I shared special moments with all my homosexual friends. I specially have a lot of admiration to my clever, intelligent and successful friend I mentioned. They taught me about another perspective of life. They suffer when society points at them and tries to diminish their opportunities or achievements because of their sexual orientation. It is not fair.

When people criticize someone because this person is different to others for their religious beliefs, sexual orientation, race, etc.; it means they need to look into themselves first and find the reason they are afraid of change. Why is that such a big deal if the world needs us to be together right now? Have we learned anything from the lessons of our past?

I encourage you today to have an open mind. To accept people for what they are and to see inside of their souls, instead of looking the outside appearance. There are marvelous humans inside those physical bodies and you are missing it.

My beloved friend today is a singer star. I am very proud of him and his many accomplishments. He has a stable relationship with his boyfriend. And the best, our friendship keeps growing stronger than ever. He told me: “We found each other in the dark and instant light blossomed with us”.

Homosexuality is not an impediment for people to become parents. They can be as good parents as heterosexuals are. Several serious studies focused in following-up with homosexual families agreed to that. These are hard times for the world and the many wars we have lived. These are times to have an open mind and accept we all are different, it is permitted to be different, it is actually good to be different. There is no harm on it.

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Embryologist, the best job in the world!

 

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To study several years, and to finally become a biologists or a medical doctor it takes years, not easy at all. Some people study several years and decide to pursue their career as researchers or physicians. I believe just the brave ones go unto the world of becoming an embryologist. I had he chance to do anything I wanted and I became an embryologist, because it was for me the best job in the world.

 

If I could be born again I would definitely do the same, becoming an embryologist opens up the opportunity to be part of something huge, than no many people live to see. In a million years I would have imagined it was so amazing.

 

I spent years studying, learning, understanding the basics of human reproduction, the structural steps for a cell to divide, the way cells behave in nature. Nobody ever told me how it was like to work in human reproduction before.

 

My medical career started when I was very young. I wanted to become a neurosurgeon or cardiologists, both specialties I really liked. Obstetrics and gynecology was out of my list. However, for some unexpected circumstances in my life I ended up doing human reproduction and became an embryologist. If I need to explain how then it would be hard to do it, because I don’t even know how I got to be where I am right now. I just know I worked hard enough to achieve certain level of respect and recognition for my hard work. Even though I seem young to many, my knowledge keeps growing very day. I now I can offer lots of experience to my work. And like me, there are many other embryologists that have decided to dedicate their life to do the same. This career has a strong commitment and devotion that no many other careers have.

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This job does not have time, holidays or free days. When patients undergo a fertility procedure there is no free time for nothing but the embryos created. We do create them, and we need to look after them. Wherever they are coming from they are our responsibility, and must strive to provide them comfort and a perfect environment in order for them to grow and succeed inside the uterus.

 

I can’t even remember last time I had a whole eight hour sleep straight. It has been impossible for me to rest knowing there is so much more to be accomplished.

 

For all the embryologists out there, I send you my deepest appreciation for your hard work. Please do not forget we are dealing with life, with energies coming from somewhere. We are responsible to provide the right environment for development and successful implantation. Our hands are precious. You “embryologist” are unique.

 

We embryologists are tools and bridges for life to follow its course. Thanks for your hard work, keep going. Life is amazing, admire it for what it is, embrace it the way it should be, care for it because is unique, and be part of the change because this new generation is about to change the future.

 

 

Ovulation Calculator Online – Ovulation Calendar

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Ovulation Calculator. It is all about timing.

For those patients whose irregular cycles have been a issue it is advisable to check with their specialists if they are candidates to use this fertility calendar, because the dates might not be accurate for them.In fertility time is crucial. Whenever you decide to have a baby time will become one of your most precious allies. Through this Ovulation Calculator Online you will have the opportunity to predict the chances of getting pregnant and even it might possible to choose the sex of the future baby.

It is important to know when the ovulation will occur during the cycle. Some cycles are short and some long, normally every 28 days.

This Ovulation Calendar Online will help you to determine the days during the cycle you will be the most fertile. Find out when can you increase the chances of your desired pregnancy.

Enter the following data:

Date of your
last period
Days of your cycle:
Age (years)
Weight (kg)
Height: (cm)




How to use it?
Select the first day of your last period. Also select the duration of the period (days), your age (years), weight (Kg), and height (Cm). Press the button “calculate” and you will get:

  • The day of your next ovulation
  • Days of your next period
  • Fertile days, and the days with the most probabilities of conceiving a boy or girl
  • When the baby is due
  • Your body mass index (BMI) and optimal weight (OW)
  • Some recommendations regarding your weight and fertility.






The results obtained in this conception calculator regarding the fertile days and ovulation days are approximated and might not be exact. The fertility in every woman is completely different, and these period calculator are based in the overall population of fertile women.

How does the fertility calculator works?

It is actually very simple to use our Ovulation Calendar. Patients usually like to know exactly the days they are the most fertile, the days they are likely to conceive a boy or a girl, the days they might deliver the baby, and to make sure they can stick to their calendar days. Remember here we are talking about the menstrual cycle. Nature has been designed to be unpredictable and unexpected at times, for that reason it is advisable to allow a few differences when it comes to have exact dates, specially if the patient has a history of irregular menstrual cycles.

For those patients whose irregular cycles have been a issue it is advisable to check with their specialists if they are candidates to use this ovulation calendar, because the dates might not be accurate for them.

For patients with regular cycles this option is really useful. They can write their date of the last menstrual period, the usual length of their period and the calculator will do the rest showing the date of the next menstrual period, the ovulation days, the likelihood of having intercourse in certain days to increase the chances of having a baby boy or girl. There is also a great tool available of the calculation of the body mass index (BMI) when the patient provides the weight and height. This tool is really good because it will advice the patient regarding their lifestyle and choices. A BMI over the normal range will recommend the patient to try losing some weight, as we know an increase in fat tissue affects fertility outcomes. The same applies for a BMI under the normal ranges, because this will indicate the patient needs to eat healthy to increase the chances of success, and being underweight alters the normal hormonal functioning. A normal BMI will relief the patient regarding the current weight, and will indicate there might be other reasons contributing with the lack of success in their fertility attempts. Age is another important parameter I wanted to include in my ovulation calculator, because it is necessary for patients to know if their age is over 35 years the egg quality decreases exponentially, and this ovulation calculator might not be the right tool for them to achieve success in natural attempts to conceive.

Remember this tool is mostly useful for patients who have normal menstrual cycles, and who are looking to conceive naturally as a first attempt. Also is useful for those who already had their fertility procedure and are looking for the probable dates of birth of their babies.
Ovulation calendars are great tools for patients.
It is a very easy tool to be used as patients just need to write the information asked and wait for the results to be calculated in a matter of seconds.

The recommendations in every result are different, because as I always say every patient is completely different. If I recommend you to see a fertility specialist then please do so.

I invite you to have a go and try it. You might get really interesting results, and it might also provide you with valuable information about your cycle or BMI you did not know about.

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Ovulation Calendar. Video Tutorial

Is fertility trendy?

image001Because today the number of people having fertilityproblems is increasing, there is a trend for patients to go to the fertility clinic to find treatment and solutions to their problems. In the last years the number of patients in fertility clinics has been increasing, and will continue. Couple find the need of becoming parents at certain age and they know they will be able to achieve this thanks to the many advantages of reproductive techniques. Its is a great option to freeze eggs or embryos, and have them back in the uterus whenever the time is right for the parents. Also a great advantage for single woman who wish to become single mothers getting a sperm donor. The many advantages that fertility techniques offer are contributing with the fact that fertility is trendy today.

It is very normal to hear the occasional conversation of someone who knows someone who has a fertility problem. It is most common that what you think.

However, in my several visits to different fertility clinics around the world, I have encountered patients waiting for consultation at the waiting area being ashamed, scared and even trying to hide because they feel as if they were the only ones with this problem. It is not necessary to feel that way as I know as a fact the number of patients with different problems is huge. The attitude towards fertility treatments has been changing because it is very frequent, specially in developed countries.

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The brand Fertility Spa offers to patients a range of products designed to target several needs, one of them is the anxiety of going to a fertility consultation. It will make it a fun and pleasant experience. There is a line of tote bags with different scenarios that will make the patient feel proud of what they are doing, and they will also feel encouraged to speak to others about their fertility experience. The idea is targeted to make a fertility procedure a different experience for everyone. It is trendy, and it will be remembered forever, because it was part of the patient’s life, also thanks to that science the dreams of having a family became possible.

Reducing the anxiety in patients and making them feel comfortable, will definitely improve their results and views about their fertility procedure. It will be a different experience filled with joy, knowledge and hope, because most of the tools needed are inside every patient.

I have seen lots of cultures and many scenarios for what decided to contribute to make patients feel a different experience during their treatments. Fertility is trendy today, and will become a lot more popular in just a few years. Not wonder if perhaps mandatory in the near future.

Ovulation calculator and the menstrual cycle.

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The menstrual cycle is by far one of the most elegant physiologic phenomena occurring in the woman.

 

Normal menstruation is defined as the periodic efflux of the sloughed endometrium and blood out of the uterine cavity into the vagina and ultimately outside of a woman’s body. There are many different cultural beliefs, myths, and taboos, even within educated countries, about the purpose and function of the menstrual cycle. For adolescent girls, it is an obvious sign of pubertal development and signifies the passage into womanhood and the capability and responsibility of reproducing. Monthly menses become for many women a reassuring sign that they are not pregnant, if conception was not desired, or a cause of frustration and disappointment if pregnancy was desired. Functionally the ultimate aim of the human menstrual cycle is the development of a mature oocyte that is ovulated and fertilized. Ultimately, if fertilization is successful, implantation of a dividing embryo into the receptive endometrium of the uterus occurs.

 

Menarche, the age at onset of menstruation averages 12.8 years. The normal age range for menarche is 10 to 16 years.

 

The idealized length of the normal human menstrual cycle is 28 days from the onset of bleeding until the next episode of bleeding. There is great variability in menstrual cycle length; an interval of 24 to 35 days is considered normal.

 

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The amount of bleeding also varies widely in the number of days of bleeding and the amount of blood lost. The number of days of bleeding ranges from 2 to 8 days, but the usual length is 4 to 6 days. The average amount of blood lost with each menstrual cycle is 30 mL, and the normal range is 25 to 60 mL Even this relatively small amount of blood loss can lead to iron deficiency anemia if adequate iron is not ingested or absorbed. Blood loss of greater than 80 mL is excessive and commonly leads to iron deficiency.

 

Ovulatory woman individually have consistent menstrual cycle lengths and number of days of bleeding. There is some cycle length variability for most women, however even in a woman with regular menstrual cycles variation by 2 days in length can be seen in one third of their cycles. This variation in cycle length is attributed to the variability in the length of the follicular phase of the cycle. The luteal phase consistently is 13 to 15 days in length after menarche and remains consistent until the perimenopausal period. Great variability is seen at the extremes of reproductive life, with adolescents and perimenopausal women experiencing wide fluctuations in menstrual cycle length and the number of days of bleeding because of their tendency to experience anovulatory cycles. Adolescent girls average menstrual cycle lengths of 34 days. There is a gradual decrease in cycle length until women reach their late 30s or early 40s, when cycle length averages 27 days. Anovulatory cycles frequently begin when a woman reaches her late 40s. Cycles lengthen again and average 33 days beginning 3 years before menopause.

Significant variation in the menstrual cycle length or number of days of menses commonly leads to reproductive-age woman to seek medical advice. Pregnancy-related reasons for alterations in menstrual cycle length are the most common reasons for alterations in menstrual cycles in reproductive-age women. Lactation and abnormal pregnancies always must be ruled out as reasons for a change in menstrual pattern in every woman who seeks evaluation.

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The normal menstrual cycle is best conceptualized by focusing on the physiologic effect of the two main organ systems involved in menstrual function –the uterus and the ovary. The menstrual cycle classically is divided into phases. These phases are a convenient way to examine what is happening at different times at the level of the two main organ systems.

 

The first phase of the menstrual cycle is called the follicular phase at the level of the ovary and the proliferative phase at the level of the uterus. The follicular phase ends with the onset of the luteinizing hormone (LH) surge. Ovulation occurs in response to the LH surge. The next phase of the menstrual cycle , which begins after the onset of the LH surge, is called the luteal phase at the level of the ovary and the secretory phase at the level of the uterus.

 

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With this excellent explanation provided by Dr, Randal Robinson in the book “Reproductive endocrinology and infertility” we have a great explanation of what the menstrual cycle is and what it is involved on it.

 

Have a look at the ovulation calculator to have a go and get a good explanation of how to use it. It is really easy.